Aiming to Keep You Informed
August 28, 2020
From the Office
We are very excited for the start of the new year and look forward to seeing all students on Monday, August 31st!
Meet the Teacher
Today, all teachers reached out to their classes via email. Included in the email were links to videos designed to help students get to know their teacher. If you would like to access these video messages, please use this link: Meet the Teacher Parents, please assist students with checking their email and following any guidance provided by teachers in preparation for the first day of school on Monday, August 31st. Thank you!
Students are required to attend each class on their schedule every day. Attendance will be taken by teachers and recorded in PowerSchool. Parents, we ask that you call the Main Office and report any class period absences, including full day absences and Doctor appointments that require only partial absences, similar to a normal school year. Thank you!
Student Supply Pick-up
It was really nice to see everyone at Supply Pick-up yesterday. We apologize for the Chromebook password error. Hopefully, you received a follow-up email from the Technology Department with corrected Login information. If not, please contact the Main Office and we will connect you to the Technology department or use the link to request Technology Support
If you were unable to attend Supply Pick-up, please call the front office at 630-529-6211 to schedule a time to stop by the school.
Early Release Wednesdays
Starting on Wednesday, September 9th, District 13 will follow an early release schedule on every other Wednesday. Students will attend all 9 periods at Westfield, with reduced minutes per class, and be dismissed at 1:40pm. An official Early Release Schedule will be shared next week with all students and parents.
Future Supply Pick-ups
Throughout the year, teachers may have items that students will find useful to have at home. We are looking at possibly using some Early Release Wednesdays to schedule Supply Pick-up times. Once plans are finalized, we will communicate exact dates and times.
Acceleration period is a time designed for teachers to support individual student needs. All students are assigned to a Home Room for Acceleration. With a few exceptions, such as 1st period 8th Grade Spanish, students will not always remain with the same staff member throughout the period or the year. Our Specialists use this period to connect with students on a periodic basis. If your child is offered the opportunity to work with one of our Specialists, Westfield staff will communicate that with you and your child.
During Remote Learning, we are going to offer something new during the Acceleration period this year. We are calling it "Office Hours". For students who do not need to be in a specific program, they will have the opportunity to meet with teachers of their choice to review material. Office Hours will take place during the scheduled Acceleration period for students and teachers will be accessible the entire time during Office Hours. Next week, teachers will share more details with their classes regarding the procedures for Office Hours.
This year, more than ever, communication between school and home will be essential. Our goal is to communicate effectively and efficiently with you. We will try to package our communication in the Arrow and include links to grade level newsletters to keep you informed. We will also communicate regularly via social media platforms; follow us on Twitter and Instagram @D13Warriors (there a buttons at the bottom of the Arrow to take you to those pages) Additionally, please refer to the school google calendar for school wide dates and information.
Student Expectations for Remote Learning
Please reference our Student Handbook for general policies and procedures. We would also like all students to reference the Virtual Etiquette for Google Meets infographic to assist students with Remote Learning expectations.
Please visit our Google Calendar for all activities and schedules!
- First Day of Remote Learning: Monday, August 31 8:30am--3:30pm
- Early Release Day with 1:40pm dismissal: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
From the Technology Department
If you need assistance from the Technology Department, please use this link to request support.
A message for 6th graders:
Welcome to Westfield! Your 6th-grade teachers are really excited to meet you! Whether you are coming from DuJardin, Ericson, or another school, you are all Warriors now. Every year the 6th-grade teachers work hard to help ease your transition into middle school and create a community. This year will be a little different, but remember we are all going to work together to make it a success. We know you may be anxious about meeting new teachers, new classmates, and learning new expectations. We will help you through it all! The first few days will be spent getting acquainted. You will get to know the teachers and what we expect, the teachers will get to know you and what you need, and you will get to know all of your new classmates. If you are nervous, don’t worry, we will all be patient with you, and we will ask you to be patient with us too. We are all doing new things this year, but we will figure it out together! We will share more with you next week. See you soon!
The Sixth Grade Teachers,
Mr. Cikesh, Mrs. Garstka, Mrs. Gilbert, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Raimondi, Mrs. Ruffolo, Mrs. Shah, And Mr. Volkman
6th Grade Email Addresses
Please see this Video from Mrs. Gabany about logging in, accessing email and completing the technology use agreement form!
How-To email Videos:
Mrs. Gabany will ask you to complete this form: Student Email Agreement form once you've watched the videos.
2020-2021 Remote Learning Schedule
- How to delete all email (6th grade)
- How to appropriately write an email
- You can only email other sd13.org email addresses
- How to Join Classroom(with Code)
- How to Join with Teacher Invite
- Check Stream and classwork page
- How to Turn in assignments
PowerSchool: Coming Soon
- Logging in
- Checking grades
- Missing assignments
- Comments from Teachers
Contact us if you need assistance:
- 6th Grade: Mr. Cikesh - firstname.lastname@example.org
- 7th Grade: Mrs. Foley - email@example.com
- 8th Grade: Mr. Sparks - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs. Zagotta - email@example.com
If you have a technical issue with your District 13 supplied device please complete the linked form and one of the technology team members will work with you to resolve the issue.
WESTFIELD'S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO):
The PTO Newsletter is coming soon!
When hot lunch returns, we'll use SignUp.com to organize Westfield Hot Lunch Volunteers.
1) Click this link to see our SignUp: https://signup.com/go/xZeejVZ
2) When school resumes, review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.